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Price of Lemons - absurd!

Bigtigger Nov 1, 2013 06:37 AM

Does anyone know why the price of lemons has surged over recent months? Bad enough when they were 75-80 cents a piece. Then they stayed the same price but a much smaller, less juicy variety appeared with pockmarked rather than smooth yellow skin. Now they've gone up to $1.21+ EACH - same inferior "count" and quality - with Loblaw's typically having the nerve to post (save! 21 cents off) so preparing us, I am guessing, from a theoretical further price rise to $1.50

What gives? pestilence? price gouging? supine consumers allowing new profit centre?

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    Degustation Nov 1, 2013 06:44 AM

    Even Chinatown is pricey - 2 for $1.00. I usually like lemon in my water but have bought more limes lately.

    1. katdog Nov 1, 2013 07:04 AM

      Due to frost in Chile and Argentina.

      Highland Farms had them on for $1.99/lb last week. Metro had a 2lb bag from Argentina for $3.99 yesterday vs $1 each for organic.
      I've been using more limes, they're cheap now.

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        youdonut Nov 1, 2013 07:07 AM

        oceans has 2lb bag of lemons for $1.99 so i would say stop shopping at Roblaws.


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          Mila Nov 1, 2013 08:04 AM

          I've seen them at Loblaws for $1.50 each for a couple of weeks now !
          Costco - 5 lbs - $5.99
          Also useful at Costco is some 'Scilian Volcano' Lemon Juice which is not bad in some applications.
          My grocery source says the switch to US sources of lemons is in the next two weeks so prices should drop then.

          1. foodyDudey Nov 1, 2013 08:32 AM

            If you are looking for Meyer lemons, I've seen them recently for around $3 for a bag of 5 at the fruit stores near Danforth and Logan.

            1. Kagemusha Nov 1, 2013 03:40 PM

              Wait for the big US crop to arrive in about a month or so.

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              1. re: Kagemusha
                Sadistick Nov 2, 2013 07:23 AM

                My salad dressings cannot wait! :(

                1. re: Sadistick
                  Kagemusha Nov 2, 2013 09:38 AM

                  Thems the breaks...My NoFrills had 'em @ $3/5 this a.m. Average size, OK quality.

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